Focus On the Joy to Come

April 15, 2013 | Tags: ,

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You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

-John 16:20-22 NIV

Jesus spoke these words to his disciples right before he was going to be arrested, tried, and executed by crucifixion. He knew they needed to hear the reassurance that what they would experience in seeing their Messiah die would not be the end of it all. In fact, it would be only the beginning. It would be difficult; it would be painful. They would feel grief and sadness. But Jesus promised them: Their grief would turn to joy. Their Messiah would rise from the dead and be alive again for ever and ever.

You may be experiencing a time of grief now. Perhaps you are wondering, as the disciples did, how it will ever work out. It seems so hopeless. It seems so impossible. But not to God. With God, all things are possible, and only He can cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Don’t make assumptions in the middle of your grief. Instead, look to the promises of God at the cross. Your grief will turn to joy, just as a mother’s pain turns to joy once her baby is born. The pain intensifies as the moment of delivery draws nearer. But praise the Lord, oh the joy that follows when she holds her brand new baby in her arms!

Remember, God is in control the entire time. Not one circumstance is random or wasted. He uses every single one to show His glory in the end. Focus not on the grief, Beloved. Focus on the joy that will soon come!

By Courtney Silberman

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